Malwarebytes 3.0 Anti-Malware Review and Guide 2017

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Upgraded Malwarebytes 3.0 provides 4 layers of malware-crushing technology, including anti-ransomware, anti-exploit, anti-spyware and malicious website protection. Over 100 million users worldwide have already tried a free Malwarebytes anti-malware version.

Advanced Protection Layers

Behavioral Detection

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is focused on behavioral detection that allows to stop 0-day unknown malware infections that are still not filed in a traditional antivirus signature database.

Ransomware Protection

Malwarebytes 3.0 is able to detect and immediately block a suspicious process that mimics the behavior of a typical crypto-ransomware process.

Malwarebytes 3.0 Key Features

  • 14-day fully-functional FREE trial version;
  • Quick installation and light overall system impact;
  • Zero influence on computer speed;
  • Effective anti-ransomware protection against data encryption;
  • Removes annoying browser redirects, pop-ups and other adware;
  • Protection from known malicious, phishing and scam websites;
  • Real-time anti-malware protection;
  • Extremely fast smart scanning and analysis;
  • Anti-exploit protection which shields vulnerable browsers and software.


Free Trial and Premium Versions

Free Trial Version

Malwarebytes 3.0 can be downloaded for a free 14-day full-functional trial, but after the trial period the program automatically switches to its free version mode. The freeware version still allows you to scan your PC and manually remove all the detected malware for free. However, the freeware version doesn’t provide real-time protection unless you buy a license subscription.

Premium Version

If you decide to purchase the Premium version, you will enjoy a real-time anti-malware, anti-ransomware, exploit and phishing protection which stops any virus before it infects your computer. You can buy a 1-year subscription for your PC just for $39.99.

Malwarebytes 3.0 System Requirements

  • 800MHz CPU or faster;
  • 2048 MB RAM (64-bit OS), 1024 MB RAM (32-bit OS, except 512 MB for Windows XP);
  • 250 MB of free hard drive space;
  • 1024×768 or higher screen resolution.
  • Installer size: 54.5 MB

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Guide

Step 1. DOWNLOAD Malwarebytes 3.0 installer and double-click the downloaded “mb3-setup-consumer.exe” file to launch it.

Malwarebytes Installer

Step 2. You may get a system pop-up window asking “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” Simply click “Yes” button in the “User Account Control” dialog box to proceed.

Malwarebytes Setup

Step 3. Select your preferred language version and click “OK” button to follow to the next step.

Malwarebytes Language Version

Step 4. Click “Next” button in the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard window to continue.

Malwarebytes Setup Wizard

Step 5. You will be shown a software license agreement. Please carefully read the agreement and if it’s suitable for you check “I accept the agreement” radio button and click “Next” button to continue.

Malwarebytes License Agreement

Step 6. You will see the “Setup” dialog box with the detailed description of the latest Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3.0 version. Click “Next” button to proceed.

Malwarebytes Setup Information

Step 7. Select a destination folder on your hard drive for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware files and click “Next” button.

Malwarebytes Destination Folder

Step 8. You can choose if you want to run the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware at startup. On the other hand, you can check “Don’t create a Start Menu folder” checkbox if you don’t want Malwarebytes to start up automatically on your system.

Malwarebytes Start Menu

Step 9. Choose if you want to create a desktop shortcut for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and then click “Next” button.

Malwarebytes Shortcut

Step 10. Click “Install” button in the “Ready to Install” dialog window to start the installation process.

Malwarebytes Ready To Install

Step 11. Installation process will be instantly completed within just a couple of seconds. Click “Finish” button to exit the Setup Wizard.

Malwarebytes Installation

Malwarebytes Setup Finish

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Scan Guide

Step 12. Once you have installed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your computer, the program will automatically update its antivirus signatures database.

Malwarebytes Signature Updates

Step 13. Once the database update completed, you can click on the “Scan Now” button to scan your PC for malware threats.

Malwarebytes Start Scan

Step 14. The full system scan takes only 4-5 minutes. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will scan your computer’s memory, startup files, Windows registry and file system.

Malwarebytes Threats Scan

Step 15. You will be shown a total list of security threats detected on your PC. Click “Quarantine Selected” button to move suspicious files to a quarantine.

Malwarebytes Quarantine Selected

Step 16. All malware and adware threats will be quickly removed to quarantine and a log file will be saved to the logs folder. You will be asked to restart your PC to complete the removal process.

Malwarebytes Quarantine Process

Malwarebytes Quarantine Complete

Step 17. Click on the “History” tab in the top menu bar to view quarantined items. Click “Delete” button to permanently remove the quarantined malicious files from your computer.

Malwarebytes Quarantine Section

Malwarebytes Quarantine Delete

Step 18. Click “Yes” button in the confirmation pop-up window.

Malwarebytes Quarantine Delete Confirmation

Step 19. The Quarantine screen will then become clean.

Step 20. Now you can restart your PC to finish the viruses removal process.

Notice: You can restore any of quarantined suspicious files to their original location if you believe that the detections were inaccurate.

Select the needed file in the Quarantine list and click the “Restore” button.

Malwarebytes Quarantine Restore

Click “Yes” button in the confirmation pop-up window to restore the item.

Malwarebytes Quarantine Restore Confirmation

Malwarebytes 3.0 Interface and Settings Overview

When Malwarebytes starts for the first time on your computer, you will be shown “Introducing Malwarebytes 3.0” window. If you close this window, you will see the program Dashboard which provides a summary of various details including the information about real-time protection, scan status and protection history.

Introducing Malwarebytes 3.0

From this Dashboard, you can use the left side navigation bar to select a particular application’s sections.

A. Scan Section

The scan section allows you to select a scan-related option in the program.

Threat Scan

This method of scanning scans all the places malware is known to hide, including memory, startup, registry and file system objects. This scan method is recommend for daily scans.

Malwarebytes Threat Scan

Custom Scan

A custom scan allows you to scan where and when you want to scan your computer.

Malwarebytes Custom Scan

You can select the functional areas that will be scanned – memory objects, startup and registry objects, archives and scan for rootkits.

Malwarebytes Custom Scan Options

Sometimes Malwarebytes Anti-malware may block harmless freeware programs which are suspected to be malicious in nature. Such programs are typically called a Potentially Unwanted Applicatio (or PUP), and they may contain bundled adware. In Malwarebytes 3.0, PUPs are set to be quarantined by default. However, you can define how Malwarebytes should treat PUPs and PUMs.

Malwarebytes Custom Scan Options

You can also include or exclude any folders, sub-folders, and individual files from scans using tree View pane on the right hand side.

Malwarebytes Custom Scan Options

Hyper Scan

This method of scanning is limited to detection of immediate security threats, and it quickly checks only memory and startup objects for active viruses.

Malwarebytes Hyper Scan

B. Quarantine Section

This section contains malicious files that have been detected and quarantined by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. You can select all the files and registry keys and click “Delete” in order to permanently remove them from your PC.

Malwarebytes Quarantine

As we’ve mentioned above, if you don’t want to remove any of the listed files for some reasons, you can easily restore it to its original location.

Malwarebytes Quarantine Restore

C. Reports Section

Reports section contains full scan and protection logs for Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes Reports

You can select any event and click “View Report” button to find the detailed information about the protection event, including the possibility to export this data.

Malwarebytes Reports Export

D. Settings Section

Settings section provides a wide range of operational options. The program settings are groupped using tabs by the functions which they control.

Application Settings Tab: Settings that affect Malwarebytes automatical updates, as well as how the program works with Windows. Here you can also select a language version and set up a Proxy Server for signature updates.

Malwarebytes Settings Application Tab

Protection Settings Tab: How Malwarebytes should protect your PC during scans and real-time protection. You can turn on or turn off real-time protetion, different scan options, startup options, automatic updates and automatic quarantine.

Malwarebytes Settings Protection Tab

Scan Schedule Tab: When Malwarebytes should execute scans and check for protection updates.

Malwarebytes Scan Schedule

You can set up scheduled threat scans, their frequency and different settings.

Malwarebytes Add Scan Schedule

Exclusions Tab: Folders or files which should be excluded from scanning, as well as malicious websites which are specifically approved by the user.

Malwarebytes Exclusions Tab

If you want to exclude a folder or a file from the scans, click “Add Exclusion button”, then select “Exclude a File or Folder” option and click “Next” button.

Malwarebytes Files and Folders Exclusion

Select the files or folders and choose the method of exclusion. Click “OK” button to finish.

Malwarebytes Files and Folders Exclusion

You also can exclude any particular website or application from scans using the same procedure.

Malwarebytes Website Exclusion

Malwarebytes Website Exclusion

My Account Tab: Information about the status of your Malwarebytes subscription.

Malwarebytes My Account Tab

Here you can upgrade Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to the premium version and activate your license key.

Malwarebytes Upgrade

About Tab: Malwarebytes version information and useful web resources.

Malwarebytes About Tab


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